In a move that’s sure to impress the hell out of rocker Andrew W. K., Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced today that the next big title in Nintendo’s Wii-brand line will be none other than Wii Party. Speaking to a group of investors, Iwata described Wii Party as a “marquee party game”, even going so far as to subtly imply that Wii Party is the next evolution of the Mario Party franchise. In typical Nintendo fashion, Iwata also expressed his hopes that everyone in the world would be able to enjoy Wii Party and then rounded off the meeting by telling the investors that they were very special people and confessing that last Thursday he cried for forty-five minutes just because it felt so good. Okay, most of that last sentence was a joke. Most of it.
Iwata also revealed several in-game screens, disclosing that the player’s Miis will be the stars of Wii Party, as well as explaining “Living Party”, a game mode where the Wii remote is used in unique ways. From the aforementioned screens, some of the known 1-4 player Wii Party activities are “International Vacation Game,” “Mii Jyan,” bingo and roulette. 1-2 player games include a Mii compatibility check, Mii Match and something called “Balance Ship” which is currently filed under the “How could this not be awesome?” category.
While no released date has been announced as of yet, Iwata indicated that Wii Party will be available in some territories before April 1, 2011 when he told investors that:
“[Wii Party] is one of the titles which, we hope, will play an important role for this fiscal year.”
Honestly, I’ve been a fan of every Wii brand game that Nintendo has released (yes, even Wii Music) and there’s no way that I’m not picking up Wii Party on day one. But what do you think? Will Wii Party hard with the likes of Wii Play, the Wii Sports and the Wii Fits or will it join Wii Music in relative obscurity?